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Schumer Argues for LGBT Incusion in Immigration Reform

Jim Burroway

March 19th, 2010

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)Kerry Eleveld at The Advocate reports that Sen Charles Schumer (D-NY) sent a letter to some of his LGBT constituents in New York indicating that he would support provisions uniting LGBT families in comprehensive immigration reform:

The failure to recognize permanent partners in the application for legal permanent residency is a major concern for many Americans. I share this concern and am a cosponsor of the Uniting American Families Act of 2009, which would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents. I support this principle of immigration reform and I am working on introducing a comprehensive package that would address this issue along with a host of immigration issues, including a pathway to legalization, the future flow of immigrants and border enforcement measures.

He added that he believes the only way to enact meaningful reform is through comprehensive legislation rather than piecemeal bills.

Update: While Schumer’s support for UAFA is welcome, BTB’s Gabriel Arana notes several problems with proposed immigration reforms in general.



Melanie Nathan
March 19th, 2010 | LINK

Read the letter in conjunction with the Schumer and Graham public article. melanie nathan

James King
May 19th, 2010 | LINK

When it comes to immigration reform, Senator Schumer is all talk. For over one year, Schumer kept echoing like a parrot “Immigration reform is closer than you think.” After one year, Schumer unveils a three page crap a high school kid could have produced in one week for a term paper. After one year Schumer wants a Republican to write an immigration bill for him. What Schumer forgets is that the Republicans are not blocking him: he can talk all he wants but the fact is that he has absolutely nothing in senate for the Republicans to block.
Schumer is more interested in how Facebook handles fake clients’ information (99% of clients’ information with Facebook are fake). Next, Schumer will be taking on Chewing gum companies on the type of chewing gum wrapper they use.

Dear Senator Schumer, talk is cheap!

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